What can be learned about the search for identity from the journeys and struggles of literary characters?
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Days 3-4 – PLAN 2
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Days 7-8 - SEED 2
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Days 10 - SEED 4
Days 11 - SEED 5
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Days 19-20 – PLAN 3
Days 21-27 – PLAN 4
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Lesson seeds are ideas that can be used to build a lesson aligned to the CCSS. Lesson seeds are not meant to be all-inclusive, nor are they substitutes for instruction.
When developing lessons from these seeds, teachers must consider the needs of all learners. It is also important to build checkpoints into the lessons where appropriate formative assessment will inform a teachers instructional pacing and delivery.
In this unit, students will have the opportunity to explore the concepts of identity, self-love, and love for others as they journey through the universe with one of
science fiction’s most famous characters, Meg Murry, protagonist of the novel A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Students will begin by analyzing poems
that address issues of identity. They will then interpret contemporary scientific videos and nonfictional texts in order to explore existing and developing scientific
concepts such as time travel, space travel, and intellectual genius. Throughout the novel study, students will be asked to compare the scientific presentations of these
concepts to L’Engle’s creative portrayals using the vehicle of science fiction. In addition, students will trace the development of the novel’s central conflict, the
burgeoning self-concept of the protagonist, and the complex relationships between terrestrial and extra-terrestrial characters. At the end of the novel study, students
will determine one or more of A Wrinkle in Time’s universal themes. Finally, they will have the opportunity to write arguments analyzing the novel on a thematic level.
The teacher will address elements of UDL and ELL as appropriate.
Text Models For Lessons and Lesson Seeds
Novel: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
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Consider the need for Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) and/or for captioned/described video when selecting texts, novels, video and/or other media for this unit. See “Sources for Accessible Media” for suggestions at